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Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Updates Cannot Be Stopped!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by PurpleFox, Jul 21, 2015.

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    With just 12 days before release Microsoft MSFT +0.00% has finally published its Windows 10 end user license agreement (EULA) and the big news is it confirms a feature some fear: Windows 10 updates cannot be stopped.

    Here’s the official line:

    “The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”

    In short: Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates and you have no option to switch them off.

    The Good News

    Perhaps the biggest point to make about this news is: For most this is a very good thing.
    Why? Because one of the biggest problems affecting Windows PCs is the risk many run by not being up-to-date. Most obviously this regards security pâtches, but also problems can arise from incompatibilities that stem from out of date software and drivers. Now Windows 10 has complete control over your PC this is far less likely to happen.

    Furthermore, while you can’t stop updates indefinitely, you do get the option to be part of the ‘Slow’ or ‘Fast’ rings. The former waits up to a month after updates become available to ease the nerves of anyone worried about missed bugs, while the former will install updates the moment they become available.

    Here’s the potential result: Windows 10 PCs around the world all purr along with the latest software, thwarting hackers and all the while leaving end users in peace. This will be the reality for most.

    The Bad News

    Unfortunately there is a flipside to this happy picture and it returns to the notion of a complete loss of control.

    Windows 10’s forced automatic updates don’t simply cover security pâtches, they cover anything and everything Microsoft wants to put on your PC as part of Windows 10. This can range from new software and services to changes to core features and functionality.

    For example: if Microsoft wants to build a new media player, RSS reader, mapping software, cookbook, boomerang or nuclear submarine into the core of Windows 10 it can and you have to install it. If an update also changes how a feature or service operates to a way you dislike (say a new user interface), then tough you have to accept that as well.​
    grayironman likes this.
  2. thanks for the info =)
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